These media sources are moderate to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports, and omit information reporting that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate the Tampa Free Press Right Biased based on editorial positions that consistently favor a conservative perspective. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a failed fact check and examples of the publication of false or misleading information.
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2020, the Tampa Free Press is a conservative news and opinion website focused on Tampa-St. Petersburg and Florida politics. According to their about page, “A completely digital platform that focuses on issues of today, law enforcement, local news, national news, and technology, The Free Press captures a younger audience where that audience is focused.”
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Analysis / Bias
The Tampa Free Press publishes a mix of original news reporting and republishes news from the conservative-leaning Daily Caller. The majority of stories focus on the Tampa area and state politics. Straight news reporting uses minimally loaded language and is fact-based such as this Homosassa Man Shot, Killed After Pointing Gun At Deputies While Hiding Under Mobile Home. News stories are properly sourced from official documents and first-hand accounts.
Editorially, opinion pieces strongly favor the right with articles such as these Op-Ed: Climate Extremism Is Making America Mentally Ill and Op-Ed: It’s Time For America To Shake Off Inept Democrat Policies And A Newly Unveiled GOP Plan Does Just That.
When reporting on science-based issues, they sometimes are not factual. For example, they have promoted the unproven benefits of Ivermectin for Covid-19, such as this Columnist: Why Is The Biden Admin Set To Approve Big Pharma’s COVID Pills, But Ignore The Abilities Of Ivermectin? Ivermectin is not an effective treatment for Covid-19. They also downplay climate change, such as this Climate Change Hysteria Renewed: Heat Wave And Tragic Building Collapse. Finally, the Tampa Free Press has amplified former President Trump’s false claims of election fraud in the 2020 election Trump Says Barr “Wouldn’t Know Voter Fraud If It Was Staring Him In The Face.”
In general, the Tampa Free Press reports fact-based straight local news, while op-eds are strongly right-biased and sometimes advance false claims and misinformation.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate the Tampa Free Press Right Biased based on editorial positions that consistently favor a conservative perspective. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a failed fact check and examples of the publication of false or misleading information. (D. Van Zandt 12/11/2022)
Last Updated on June 30, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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